Report on the Fifth Group Meeting Held Between the Sub-Committee of the Bangladesh Government Commission and the Jana Samhati Samiti - July 12, 1995
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DOCUMENT: JSSBANG5.TXT

     
                 THE FIFTH GROUP MEETING HELD BETWEEN 
       THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE BANGLADESH GOVERNMENT COMMISSION 
                      AND THE JANA SAMHATI SAMITI 
     
          AT DHUDUKCHARA UNDER PANCHARI POLICE STATION WITHIN 
                 KHAGRACHARI DISTRICT ON JULY 12, 1995 
     
     (based on a letter written to me by the Jana Samhati Samiti 
     on 19 July, 1995).  

     A. BACKGROUND 

     At the Fourth Group Meeting, which took place on December 
     26, 1994, both the Sub-Committee of the Bangladesh 
     Government Commission (BGC) and the Jana Samhati Samiti 
     (JSS) had reached the following agreements: 1)The period of 
     the Cease-fire was extended upto March 31, 1995; 2) The Sub-
     Committee of the BGC would send a new set of proposals, 
     drafted in consultation with the Government, to the JSS on 
     or before March 15, 1995, for the opinion of the JSS; 3) The 
     apprehended Members of the JSS (or Shanti Bahini = SB) would 
     be released at the earliest moment; and 4) The next Meeting 
     (Fifth Group Meeting) would be fixed with the consent of 
     both sides through communications.  

     The BGC failed to implement all the above-mentioned 
     commitments. It violated the cease-fire. It did not send a 
     new set of proposals to the JSS. It did not release any of 
     the seven arrested Members of the JSS (or SB). At the same 
     time, it arrested in violation of the cease-fire another 
     eight Members of the JSS (or SB). It did not arrange the 
     Meeting. On the other hand, it repeatedly asked the JSS to 
     extend the cease-fire. The peace-loving JSS extended the 
     cease-fire again and again but refused to participate in the 
     Fifth Group Meeting until all the detained Members of the 
     JSS (or SB) were released.  

     In a communication of May 29, 1995, the BGC sent the JSS the 
     following suggestions: 1) The Fifth Group Meeting between 
     the JSS and the Sub-Committee of the BGC be held on July 12, 
     1995; 2) The BGC's Draft Proposal will be submitted to the 
     JSS at the Fifth Group Meeting; 3) The cease-fire be 
     extended upto August 31, 1995; and 4) Five Members of the 
     JSS (or SB) have already been released and the rest would be 
     released by June 30, 1995.  

     In reply, the JSS sent the following message to the BGC on 7 
     June, 1995: 1) The JSS has agreed to hold the Fifth Group 
     Meeting on 12 July, 1995 but it will review this decision if 
     the BGC failed to set free all the remaining JSS (or SB) 
     Members and pass on the information about their release to 
     the JSS by June 30, 1995; 2) The JSS has accepted the BGC's 
     proposal that the Draft Proposal will be submitted to the 
     JSS at the Fifth Group Meeting to be held on 12 July, 1995, 
     although the Sub-Committee of the BGC had promised at the 
     Fourth Group Meeting to submit the Draft Proposal to the JSS 
     fifteen days before the Fifth Group Meeting took place; 3) 
     The JSS has agreed to extend the cease-fire upto July 20, 
     1995; and 4) The JSS has regretted that only five out of 
     fifteen JSS (or SB) Members have been released despite the 
     Sub-Committee's assurance given at the Fourth Group Meeting 
     that all the arrested JSS (or SB) Members would be set free 
     at the earliest moment.  

     B. THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FIFTH GROUP MEETING 

     a. The Members of the Sub-Committee of the BGC 

     1) Mr. Rashed Khan Menon, MP (Bangladesh Workers Party), the 
     Read of the Sub-Committee of the BGC & Chairman of the Group 
     Meeting; 2) Mr. Kalpa Ranjan Chakma, MP (Awami League); 3)  
     Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury, MP (Bangladesh Nationalist 
     Party); and 4) Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury, MP (Jamat-
     E-Islami), was not allowed to participate in the Fifth Group 
     Meeting by his party high command because of virtual 
     cancellation of his Parliamentary Membership.  

     b. The Members of the JSS 

     1) Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, the President of the 
     JSS and Chief of the JSS Members; 2) Mr. Goutam Kumar 
     Chakma, a Member of the JSS Central Committee; 3) Mr. 
     Rupayan Dewan, a Member of the JSS Central Committee; and 4) 
     Mr. Sudha Sindhu Khisa, a Member of the JSS Central 
     Committee. 

     c. The Members of the Coordination (or Liaison) Committee 

     1) Mr. Hangsadhwaj Chakma, the Convenor of the Coordination 
     Committee; & 2) Mr. Mathura Lal Chakma, a Member of the 
     Liaison Committee. 

     d. The Members of the Bangladesh Government    

     1) Mr. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal of the Special Affairs 
     Department, Bangladesh Government, Dhaka; 2) Mr. Saiful Azad 
     of the Special Affairs Department, Bangladesh Government, 
     Dhaka; and 3) Mr. Mohammad Ismail, the Deputy Commissioner 
     of Khagrachari District.  

     C. THE FIFTH GROUP MEETING 

     The Liaison Committee and the JSS combinedly arranged the 
     necessary security measures for the Group Meeting. As per 
     the agreed time schedule, the Meeting was to commence at 
     10.00 a.m. but the Members of the Sub-Committee arrived at 
     the venue at 12.00 a.m. The Meeting began at 00.50 p.m. and 
     continued till 03.45 p.m. with a lunch-break from 02.50 p.m. 
     to 03.35 p.m. 

     Mr. Menon invited Mr. Larma to speak first. Having taken the 
     floor, Mr. Larma said that the Fifth Group Meeting was being 
     held after a long gap of 7 months since the Fourth Group 
     Meeting took place on 26 December, 1994. He also said that 
     at the Fourth Group Meeting the Sub-Committee had agreed to 
     send a Draft Proposal to the JSS 15 days before the Fifth 
     Group Meeting was held. He further said that the BGC had 
     proposed later to submit the Draft Proposal at the Fifth 
     Group Meeting to be held on July 12, 1995. Then, Mr. Larma 
     wanted to know whether the Sub-Committee had brought it.  

     In reply, Mr. Menon said that the Fifth Group Meeting was 
     taking place after all. In the meantime, he explained, so 
     many troublesome incidents had occurred. For example, some 
     Members of the JSS (or SB) had been apprehended and the JSS 
     had blamed the Government for violating the cease-fire. On 
     the other hand, the Government side had also alleged cease-
     fire violations by the JSS (or SB). So, harsh-worded letters 
     were exchanged between the two parties. However, Mr. Menon 
     commented, both sides had expressed their positive attitude 
     towards the continuation of the peace-process. At the same 
     time, he further commented, the main four issues of the CHT 
     problem  - 1) The constitutional guarantee for the CHT 
     status, 2) The recognition of the ethnic entity of the Jumma 
     People, 3) The formation of a Council for the CHT, and 4) 
     The Land question - had been discussed in the Meetings and 
     they had been narrowed down to some extent. Although the 
     overall political situation in Bangladesh had changed due to 
     the resignation by 147 Opposition MPs on 28 December, 1994, 
     the Council Committee (on the CHT affairs), of which the 
     Prime Minister is the Head and many top Bureaucrats are 
     Members, met on January 9, 1995, to find out a formula for 
     solving the CHT problem and to frame a Draft Proposal on 
     that basis. Col. Oli Ahmed, the Chairman of the BGC & 
     Communication Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Menon and others 
     were present at the meeting. The Council Committee discussed 
     whether the CHT problem could be resolved by modifying the 
     CHT Development Board. Mr. Menon had suggested that the CHT 
     Development Board should be put under the control of the 
     Jumma People but pointed out that only the modification of 
     the CHT Development Board would not be enough to meet the 
     Five Demands of the JSS. The Council Committee could not 
     find out any other formula and asked Mr. Menon to convey to 
     the JSS that the Government was not in a position to give a 
     solution and to formulate a Draft Proposal under the present 
     political situation which would not allow to make any 
     constitutional amendments or to seek the consensus of the 
     Opposition Parties about any amendments necessary for 
     resolving the CHT problem. After disclosing the Government's 
     failure to frame a Draft Proposal, Mr. Menon proposed that 
     the cease-fire be extended upto the General Elections, which 
     might take place in January or February, 1996, and that the 
     present peace-process be kept up so that the Dialogue could 
     be resumed after the General Elections. Regarding the 
     release of the remaining 5 arrested Members of the JSS (or 
     SB), he said that he had persuaded Col. Oli Ahmed to release 
     them.. by July 12, 1995, and that the latter promised to do 
     so. Then Mr. Menon read out the list of the detained Members 
     of the JSS (or SB) who were as follows: 1) Mr. Mathura Lal 
     Tripura, 2) Mr. Jekentu Chakma, 3) Mr. Neutan Chakma, 4) Mr. 
     Mong Paiching Marma, and 5) Mr. Dipti Kanti Chakma. 
     (Perhaps, it is important to note that they were not set 
     free by July 12, 1995).  

     Then, Mr. Larma replied that he understood the necessity of 
     observing the cease-fire. But, he pointed out, the 
     Bangladesh Security Forces had not adhered to the cease-fire 
     at all on the one hand, and the Bangladesh Government had 
     been implicating the JSS (or SB) falsely in cease-fire 
     violations on the other. For instance, Mr. Larma said, on 14 
     June, 1995, a Bank at Rajasthali Thana (Police Station) 
     Headquarters within Rangamati District was looted. The area 
     has been well-fortified by setting up Army and Police camps 
     and it will be quite impossible for anyone to raid a Bank in 
     such a well-protected area. It was also learnt from the 
     Local Army, Police and Civil Authorities that the Armed 
     Group, who was responsible for the Bank-raid, was ambushed 
     by the Bangladesh Army at a place far away from the 
     Rajasthali Thana Headquarters but within the area under the 
     jurisdiction of Rajasthali Thana. It was also learnt that 
     the Bangladesh Army shot dead 2/3 members of the Armed Group 
     and captured from them very valuable documents written in 
     foreign language which confirmed that the Armed Group came 
     from a foreign country. Still the Bangladesh Government 
     widely publicised that the Bank was looted by the JSS (or 
     SB)! At that point, Mr. Hangsadhwaj Chakma, the Convenor of 
     the Liaison Committee, said that on June 15, 1995, he had a 
     meeting with Col. Oli Ahmed at the Railway Bhavan in Dhaka. 
     During their conversation, the Communication Minister blamed 
     the JSS (or SB) for the Bank-robbery and threatened that the 
     Bangladesh Government would order the Bangladesh Security 
     Forces to destroy the JSS (or SB) and also the Jumma 
     communities at Rajasthali. Then, Mr. Larma remarked that Mr. 
     Ahmed, as a responsible Minister, could make proper inquiry 
     into the incident before blaming the JSS (or SB) and that it 
     was very irresponsible of a Cabinet Minister like him to 
     pronounce a naked threat to the helpless and innocent Jumma 
     People. The Bangladesh Government, he further commented, is 
     making all sorts of false allegations about the cease-fire 
     violations in order to defame the cease-fire-abiding JSS (or 
     SB) and to cover up its cease-fire breaches as well.  

     At that stage, Mr. Kalpa Ranjan Chakma said that according 
     to the Brigade Major of the Khagrachari Brigade, the JSS (or 
     SB) was killing the Officers & soldiers of the Bangladesh 
     Security Forces. Replying to this question, Mr. Larma said 
     that without any provocations from the JSS (or SB) side, the 
     Bangladesh Security Forces frequently attacked the JSS (or 
     SB) camps & personnel and so the JSS (or SB) had to fight 
     back in self defence. For example, some 500 soldiers from 
     Lakshmichari, Naniachar and Mahalchari Military Zones 
     launched unprovoked massive campaigns against the JSS (or 
     SB) & the Jumma villagers in the hilly regions under the 
     jurisdiction of Lakshmichari & Mahalchari Thanas within 
     Khagrachari District and also in the hilly regions under the 
     jurisdiction of Naniachar Thana within Rangamati District 
     for 11 days from 14 to 24 June, 1995, in violation of the 
     cease-fire. Although the JSS (or SB) was strictly and 
     sincerely observing the truce, it had no other alternative 
     but to return fire in order to defend its camps. Therefore, 
     the Bangladesh Security Forces were fully responsible for 
     any casualties.  

     In this connection, Mr. Larma gave another typical example 
     of how the Bangladesh Government attempted to malign the 
     good name of the JSS (or SB) by making false allegation 
     against it. There is a Bangla Desh Rifles (BDR) camp at Old 
     Lankar in the Sajek valley under the jurisdiction of 
     Baghaichari Police Station within Rangamati District. The 
     Bangladesh Government has also set up a base for a Foreign 
     Armed Group adjacent to the BDR camp. In the month of May, 
     1995, under the instructions of the BDR Commander, the 
     Foreign Armed Group attacked the nearby JSS (or SB) camp. 
     So, the JSS (or SB) was compelled to engage in the battle 
     and chase the invaders out of the area. To fight back in 
     self-defence does not violate the ceasefire terms & 
     conditions. But the Bangladesh Government widely propagated 
     that the JSS (or SB) had attacked the BDR camp at Old Lankar 
     in violation of the cease-fire.  

     Then, the JSS delegation raised the issue of Bangladeshi 
     Muslim infiltrator settlement and land-grabbing in the CHT. 
     In response, Mr. Menon said that he was aware of the issue 
     but he was not aware of the State-planned transfer of 
     plainsmen from other districts into the CHT at the moment. 
     The JSS team asserted that the Bangladesh Government was not 
     only continuing the State-financed Bangladeshi Muslim 
     migration into the CHT but also helping the Muslim 
     infiltrators to capture the control of the Local 
     Governments. For instance, the Bangladesh Government has 
     been continuing to settle Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators in 
     the Latiban Union. When the Muslim population grew big, the 
     Bangladesh Government divided the Latiban Union under the 
     jurisdiction of Panchari Police Station within Khagrachari 
     District into 2 Unions - 1) Latiban & 2) Ultachari. The 
     Ultachari Union has now 2700 Muslim votes & only 1100 Jumma 
     votes. In any elections, the Muslims will win the 
     Chairmanship and most of the Memberships of the Union 
     Council. This division has been imposed against the will of 
     the Jumma People of the Latiban Union. Moreover, according 
     to the CHT Regulation of 1900, these Bangladeshi Muslim 
     infiltrators have no right to settle in the CHT nor have 
     they residential qualification to vote in any elections in 
     the CHT. Therefore, the JSS delegation registered its 
     opposition to the formation of the new Union. Regarding this 
     question, Mr. Mohammad Ismail, the Deputy Commissioner of 
     Khagrachari District, explained that the Latiban Union was 
     divided into 2 Unions 3 years ago and that the Jumma People 
     had not only rejected the division but also boycotted all 
     the subsequent elections. Having been fully convinced by all 
     these compelling evidence, the Sub-Committee of the BGC 
     promised to take the matter up with the BGC.  

     Thereafter, Mr. Larma criticised the ruling Bangladesh 
     Nationalist Party (BNP) for not pressuring the Bangladesh 
     Government to release the remaining 5 arrested Members of 
     the JSS (or SB) and also to solve the CHT problem. In reply, 
     the BNP Member, Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury had assured 
     him that he would personally raise the matter with the 
     Government so that the detained Members were set free as 
     soon as possible.  

     Mr. Menon, then, proposed that further repatriation of the 
     Jumma Refugees be arranged. In response, Mr. Larma disclosed 
     that he had communicated with the Jumma Refugee Leaders 
     before coming to the Fifth Group Meeting and learnt that 
     they would return to the CHT only if the UN High 
     Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of 
     the Red Cross be involved in their rehabilitation because 
     the Repatriated Jumma Refugees had not yet been properly 
     rehabilitated. Then Mr. Menon pointed out that India might 
     not be willing to involve the UNHCR & the ICRC in the 
     repatriation process. Replying to this question, Mr. Larma 
     explained that there was no need to involve these 2 
     international organizations in the repatriation of the Jumma 
     Refugees as the Refugees live near the border and so their 
     repatriation would not cost anything. On the other hand, the 
     said organisations could be easily involved in the 
     rehabilitation of the Jumma Refugees because they had 
     already been looking after the Rohingya Refugees in 
     Bangladesh, further explained Mr. Larma. At that stage, Mr. 
     Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury argued that if the Bangladesh 
     Government was capable of rehabilitating the Jumma Refugees 
     alone, then there was no need to involve the UNHCR & the 
     ICRC in the rehabilitation process. Moreover, he continued 
     his argument, the Red Crescent of Bangladesh had been 
     involved in the rehabilitation of the Jumma Refugees. Then, 
     Mr. Larma promptly turned Mr. Chowdhury's argument against 
     him & quipped, "If the Bangladesh Red Crescent could be 
     involved, why not the ICRC?" Having been boomeranged by 
     their own argument, all the Members of the Sub-Committee of 
     the BGC replied to Mr. Larma Is quip in chorus - "Because, 
     the ICRC would certainly appoint its own personnel to 
     supervise the rehabilitation of the Repatriated Jumma 
     Refugees". Nevertheless, Mr. Menon appreciated Mr. Larma's 
     proposal as a "Novel idea for solving the Jumma Refugee 
     Returnees' problems" and promised to properly place it 
     before the BGC. But Mr. Mohammad Ismail objected to the 
     proposal and claimed that all the problems relating to the 
     Repatriated Jumma Refugees had been properly solved. Then 
     Mr. Larma challenged his false and misleading claim by 
     citing examples of the Jumma Refugee Repatriates who had not 
     yet been able to get back their homes, villages & 
     agricultural lands. Mr. Kaladhan Chakma, he forcefully 
     pointed out, had not only been deprived of his home & 
     farmland by the Bangladesh Security Forces but also been 
     arrested & detained in order to coerce him to give up his 
     claim to his ancestral property. Needless to say, Mr.  
     Larma's compelling evidence silenced Mr. Mohammad Ismail, 
     who as the Representative of the Bangladesh Government did 
     not want to expose his Government's failure to implement the 
     16-Point-Benefit-Package to the International Observers 
     including the UNHCR & ICRC. Perhaps, it is noteworthy that 
     after the Fifth Group Meeting was over, Mr. Samir Kanti 
     Dewan, the President of the Repatriated Jumma Refugee 16-
     Point Bastabayan (Implementation) Committee, submitted a 
     memorandum to Mr. Menon about the grievances of the Jumma 
     Refugee Returnees in front of Mr. Mohammad Ismail. Then Mr. 
     Menon showed Mr. Ismail the memorandum with a long list of 
     complaints from the Repatriated Jumma Refugees and asked him 
     why such a huge catalogue of grievances after he had claimed 
     to have solved all the problems of the Jumma Refugee 
     Repatriates in the Meeting. It was no surprise to see that 
     Mr. Ismail had to eat his words.  

     Thereafter, Mr. Larma blamed the ruling BNP Government for 
     not achieving a peaceful political solution even after long 
     3-year-negotiation and even though the JSS had extended its 
     fullest cooperation to the Bangladesh Government. In reply, 
     Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury said that some progress had 
     been made given the fact that the problem was a long 
     standing one and that very difficult time had arrived. For 
     example, he continued, the State-planned migration of 
     outsiders into the CHT had been stopped. Then Mr. Chowdhury 
     urged the JSS to be patient and also to continue the peace-
     process as long time was necessary to solve a very difficult 
     problem like the CHT one.  

     Once more, Mr. Menon proposed to extend the cease-fire until 
     the General Elections was held. He speculated that the 
     General Elections might be held in January or February, 
     1996. Responding to this proposal, Mr. Larma said that the 
     extension of the cease-fire would depend on the observance 
     of the cease-fire by both the Bangladesh Government and the 
     Security Forces. For instance, he pointed out, the 
     Bangladesh Government had agreed on the cease-fire but the 
     Commander of the Karengatali Army Camp (under the 
     Baghaichari Military Zone in the Kasalong Valley within 
     Rangamati District) and other Commanders had often said that 
     the Ceasefire was not binding to them as the Bangladesh 
     Security Forces had never declared the cease-fire. Because 
     of this reason, the soldiers of the Karengatali Army Camp 
     had attacked a JSS (or SB) camp on June 20, 1995, and other 
     Commanders had also made similar attacks on the JSS (or SB) 
     all over the CHT regardless of the on-going cease-fire, 
     further pointed out Mr. Larma. Regarding the policy of the 
     JSS on the General Elections, he promised to maintain peace 
     during the time of Elections in order to facilitate the 
     continuation of the democratic process in the country. 
     However, Mr. Larma was not sure whether it would be possible 
     to hold the General Elections under a neutral care-taker 
     Government and was not sure when the Elections would take 
     place. Considering the Bangladesh Security Forces total 
     disregard for the cease-fire and also the total uncertainty 
     about the General Elections, he opined, the JSS would not 
     extend the cease-fire for a longer period.  

     Then, Mr. Larma wanted to know if further Group Meetings 
     between the Sub-Committee of the BGC and the JSS would take 
     place or not. Answering the question, Mr. Mohammad 
     Shahjahan Chowdhury stressed the need for the continuation 
     of the Dialogue. Mr. Menon also spoke in favour of the 
     Dialogue at least on the situation in the CHT so that the 
     negotiation channel between the two sides could be 
     maintained. Then, he assured the JSS that he would place the 
     proposal before the BGC.  

     After that, Mr. Larma wanted to know what actions the 
     various parties of Bangladesh would like to take to solve 
     the CHT crisis if the present peace-process was maintained. 
     Replying to that question, Mr. Chowdhury gave the assurance 
     that the next BNP Government the present Government) would 
     solve the CHT problem by peaceful and political means. On 
     that question, Mr. Menon disclosed that the Fundamental 
     Rights Committee of Bangladesh would meet both Begum Khaleda 
     Rahman and Col. Oli Ahmed to persuade them to promote public 
     consensus about the resolution of the CHT crisis. Mr. Menon 
     also disclosed that the Fundamental Rights Committee of 
     Bangladesh would request all political parties to include 
     the CHT issue in their respective manifestos during their 
     electioneering campaigns. With regard to this constructive 
     idea, Mr. Larma said that he would highly appreciate it if 
     all political parties clearly expressed their stands on the 
     settlement of the CHT problem in their manifestos.  

     Then, Mr. Larma wanted to know when the remaining 5 arrested 
     Members of the JSS (or SB) would be released. In reply, Mr. 
     Menon promised to take the matter up with both the BGC and 
     the Home Secretary and to impress them that the cease-fire 
     and the entire peace-process would very much depend on their 
     behaviour. At that stage, he asked Mr. Chowdhury to say 
     about the time when the JSS (or SB) Members could be 
     released. The latter agreed to release them within the next 
     two months. Then, Mr. Larma became willing to extend the 
     cease-fire upto September 30, 1995.  

     Both sides made the following decisions:  

     1. The cease-fire would be observed by both sides for a 
     further period till September 30, 1995, in the interest of 
     maintaining the peace-process and the congenial environment 
     in the CHT.  

     2. Communications between the two sides would be maintained 
     through the Coordination (or Liaison) Committee in order to 
     follow the present process and to arrange Group Meetings 
     between the Sub-Committee of the BGC and the JSS if 
     necessary.  

     3. The rest 5 arrested Members of the JSS (or SB) would be 
     set free within the next two months (on or before 19 
     September, 1995).  

     These decisions had been recorded on a paper which was 
     initialled by Mr. Rashed Khan Menon on behalf of the Sub-
     Committee of the BGC, Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma on 
     behalf of tie Jana Samhati Samiti, and Mr. Hangsadhwaj 
     Chakma on behalf of the Coordination (or Liaison) Committee 
     in order to prevent the Bangladesh Government from 
     publicising distorted & fabricated information about the 
     outcome of the Fifth Group Meeting through the State-
     controlled print & electronic media.  

     The Fifth Group Meeting was held in a harmonious and 
     peaceful environment. It ended at 03.45 p.m.  


     (This report has been written by Ramendu Shekhar Dewan, a 
     Spokesman of the Jana Samhati Samiti in Europe, on August 
     24, 1995). 

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